A 120-meter section of The Ocean Cleanup Project’s barrier is towed out to sea.
The Ocean Cleanup project has been busy knocking up its first barriers since moving into an old naval base earlier this year, and now it’s in the process of seeing how the first pieces of the puzzle stand up in the Pacific Ocean.
The team got to work at its new assembly plant in San Francisco in February, with the objective of building a 600-meter-long (2,000 ft) screen that would make use of the ocean’s natural currents to collect plastic waste.
The tow test currently underway is the first of three steps that the team will take in rolling out the full-scale barrier by the end of the year. It involved a 120-meter-long (400 ft) section being dragged around 50 nautical miles (93 km) offshore to see how it performs under tow and in the ocean.
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